No heavy, monotonous recitations of verse here: the Poetry Brothel’s performers double as “whores,” shaping for guests an immersive artistic experience inspired by turn of the century bordellos. Tonight, cast aside the usual Halloween antics by taking part in the Poetry Brothel’s 7th Annual Masquerade Ball, a BYOM (bring your own mask) event. Deborah Landau, Director of NYU’s Creative Writing program and a poet who has drawn comparisons to Sylvia Plath, will give a public reading. Get a reading of another kind from resident seer Nota Bene, or slip into a back room for a private encounter with one of the in-house poets, or the Madame herself. Other entertainment includes burlesque dancing, plus music from The Hot Club of Flatbush, which rounds out the retro vibe by taking its instrumentation cues from Paris’ 1930s acoustic jazz scene.

Sun., Oct. 26, 8 p.m., 2014